Unique Engineering Programs: Exceptional and Unconventional

One of a Kind

Lakehead's Engineering programs give employers what they need: graduates with a winning combination: a diploma and degree! In only four years, you will earn your full Bachelor of Engineering degree and a Diploma in Engineering Technology. It's a unique combination that attracts Canadian students from Victoria to St. John's as well as  international students from all over the world.

The field of engineering is generally associated with finding solutions for real-world problems in an analytical fashion using the math, science, and problem-solving skills developed through a solid education in engineering fundamentals. In reality, engineers must also possess excellent communication skills as well as an understanding of the business, legal, and societal issues that impact development of the technological products and processes required to meet the demands of a global economy.

The Advantage of a Diploma + Degree

Lakehead's unique combination of Degree, with a Diploma, produces graduates with the hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge that are critical to success. Our well-rounded graduates are recognized professionals in a wide range of engineering industries including power generation, manufacturing, bridge design, and mining development. As recognized problem solvers, engineering graduates may also be found in a wide array of other fields such as financial services and consulting. Furthermore, many Engineering graduates go on to law schools, business schools, medical schools, or graduate studies in Engineering or related disciplines.

Engineering Programs

Lakehead University's Faculty of Engineering offers five accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree programs at the Thunder Bay campus: Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Software Engineering. So whether you want to design buildings, bridges, communication systems, software systems and information technology, industrial plants, generate renewable energy, create robotic devices, or get involved in mining, manufacturing, power generation, nanotechnology, large-scale software products and much more...you will have many choices to explore at Lakehead University.

Engineering Student Competitions

Join a winning group of students that are challenged both inside and outside the classroom. Lakehead’s Civil Engineering Student Steel Bridge teams consistently rank well at the AISC/ASCE U.S. National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC). Our 2011 team took home the title in the 20th annual competition, making it the first time ever for a Canadian team to win in the history of the NSSBC.

Lakehead Mechanical Engineering students' first entry to the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition HPVC-West in 2014 ranked 5th overall in the competition held in California. A team of four Chemical Engineering students from Lakehead University won first place in the 2014 SNC-Lavalin Undergraduate Plant Design Competition held by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) in October 2014. The Lakehead student team designed a hydrogen plant using a novel process that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 28% compared to existing plants.

A team of two Electrical Engineering students from Lakehead University won the 2014 IEEE Canada Student Paper Competition for the paper “A Novel Analog-Digital Hybrid Synthesizer Sequencer Design” based on their final year project.

Co-operative Education: Get Paid Work Experience

In Lakehead's Engineering programs, you can pursue co-op education where you will take your experience from the classroom to in the field. Past students have enjoyed paid work experience in small engineering to large engineering firms as well as corporations all across the country such as IBM, Blackberry, AV Terrace Bay, Union Gas, Suncor, AMEC, Shell, Bombardier, FP Innovations, Resolute Forest Products, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and many others.

Partnerships that will build a stronger future

Lakehead University and Georgian College have partnered with the intention to launch several degree programs and transfer pathways at their respective campuses in Barrie and Orillia. A four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree from Lakehead University and Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced diploma from Georgian College will be offered, based out of the Georgian College Barrie Campus began in September 2017.

This program provides you with a solid foundation across all areas of electrical engineering – gaining valuable theoretical knowledge, practical engineering and applied technology skills. Specific course offerings focused on sub-fields such as digital and analog micro-electronics, power electronics, communication systems, computer networks, power systems and electrical machinery. Graduates are well equipped for future specialization and a wide range of career opportunities.

Learn more about the Faculty of Engineering 


Meet Exceptional Students and Alumni

Xerxes Unwala
Xerxes Unwala, from Toronto, was a member of the 2015 Steel Bridge Team, which placed first in the Regional Competition. "Unity of the students at Lakehead is strong; you exceed and succeed together as a group..." Read more about Xerxes.

Ursula Susunaga
Mechanical Engineering student Ursula Susunaga, from Mexico City, studied at Niagara College before transferring to Lakehead's Engineering College Transfer Program. "I came to Lakehead University as they offer a very good college to university bridging program..." Read more about Ursula.

Program Offerings within the Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with a Diploma in Engineering Technology in:  


Lakehead University will prepare you for a rewarding and diverse engineering career. Whether you want to stay local or travel abroad, Lakehead engineering graduates are prepared to tackle the engineering world in some of the following careers:

  • Turbine Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Risk Manager
  • Forensic Examiner
  • Industrial Engineering Analyst
  • Cryptographer



Apply Today 

The application deadline for Ontario High School students to apply for Fall 2018 is January 17, 2018. To apply, please visit the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. We look forward to receiving your application!